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MUHSD Schools To Close To Students

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Atwater, CA (December 14, 2020) – Merced Union High School District (MUHSD) will be closing schools and returning all students to Distance Learning effective Wednesday, December 16. Sites will reopen and return to in-person learning on January 19, the start of the second semester. 

MUHSD is not being forced to close schools at this time, however, the district is choosing to do so due to a reduction in student attendance and site staffing. This Tuesday will be the last day students will be allowed on district campuses. 

“We knew that closures were a possibility when the holidays came around, but we remained hopeful that it wouldn’t have to come to this.” said MUHSD Superintendent Alan Peterson. “The reality is that our schools are simply unable to operate under the current circumstances.” 

MUHSD reopened schools to students on November 2 while Merced County was in the red tier of the state’s COVID Risk Assessment Chart and was able to keep them open when the county fell back into the purple tier due to having a strong COVID Exposure Prevention Plan and an intensive contact tracing system in place. 

“Our schools have done an excellent job providing a safe learning environment for students and staff,” said Superintendent Peterson. “The safety measures and cleaning procedures we have in place are as thorough as they come.”

Since November, students who chose to return to in-person learning were doing so on a modified A/B schedule where they alternated days they were on campus. Those students will now join their classmates who chose to remain on Distance Learning.

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